The month of May carries the birthstone for rebirth and fertility, Emerald.
Its name is derived from the Greek term for green gem, smaragdus. Mainly attributed with the color of spring, emerald owes its calming hue from minute amounts of chromium and sometimes vanadium. Emerald is another variety of beryl, and is in the same mineral family as aquamarine.
An emerald can be more valuable than even a high quality diamond of the same carat weight due to its rarity. While emerald varies in many shades of green, the highest quality stone should exhibit a brilliant hue of vivid green and must be well saturated.
In addition to its soothing spring-like color, most emeralds are characterized as having surface-breaking fissures and inclusions in its rough form. As with other gemstones, they are often treated with oils or resins after cutting to better enhance its clarity.
The fascinating history of emerald can be traced back since the ancient Egypt. In fact, it was known to be one of Cleopatra's favorite gems for her royal adornment. Emerald has long been associated with wisdom, fortune and protection. When worn as an amulet, emerald was said to strengthen memory, quicken ones intelligence and give an ability to foretell future events. It was also believed to give its wearer protection against evil spirits and ward off spiritual possession.
Distinctive and endlessly stunning, emerald is among the regal gems ideally used for all kinds of jewelry setting. A suite of emerald jewelry made up of a necklace, ring, earrings, bracelet, or pendant will instantly create an elegant ensemble. Regardless of the occasion and outfit, an emerald piece can make a total difference and adds a trendy twist that’s not only refreshing but also an embodiment of one’s own personal style.
Emerald jewelry is traditionally given on the 20th, 35th and 55th wedding anniversaries.
Much of the world's supply of Emerald comes from Colombia but other sources are also mined in Zambia, United States, Cambodia, Australia and Canada.